Jorge Lorenzo has won the Czech Republic MotoGP at Brno, putting him level on points with team-mate Valentino Rossi at the top of the championship.

Lorenzo's fifth victory of the year was a repeat of his previous four-in-a-row run, the faultless Movistar Yamaha rider leading every single lap.

Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez initially stuck with his fellow Spaniard, but couldn't maintain the pace, while Rossi rode to a lonely third.

Lorenzo and Rossi are now tied on 211 points, but 5 wins for Lorenzo compared with 3 for Rossi means the Spaniard is now officially classified as leading the standings. Marquez has moved from 56 to 52 points behind.

The race began with a repeat of last Sunday's Indianapolis round: Lorenzo and Marquez pulling clear, while Rossi's rare front row start counted for little as he dropped to fifth behind Bradley Smith and Andrea Dovizioso.

Rossi returned to third by the end of the second lap, but there was already a two-second gap to the leaders, which continued to grow in spite of the clear track now ahead of him. Marquez was next to feel the heat of Lorenzo's pace, fading back from his fellow Spaniard just before the midway stage.

Lorenzo had chosen the softer tyre options, running the medium compound front and rear. Marquez opted for a medium front-hard rear and Rossi the hard-hard combination.

If Lorenzo's rivals were hoping for a late-race drop in pace by the #99 they were to be disappointed as the Spaniard continued to stretch away from Marquez, reaching a peak of 4.4s at the flag.

Rossi remained in a lonely third, taking the chequered flag 10-seconds behind his team-mate.

After shedding Smith and being passed by Rossi, factory Ducati team-mates Dovizioso and Iannone rode their own battle for fourth until being caught in the closing stages by the injured Dani Pedrosa.

Pedrosa, who hurt his left foot in a big Friday highside caused by an oil leak on his RCV, first attacked Dovizioso with two laps to go, the pair exchanging places several times until Pedrosa claimed fifth position by 0.075s.

While the pair battled, Iannone - who had chosen to race with the new fairing - secured a safe fourth.

Smith dropped 20-seconds back after his early heroics, but was again the top satellite rider and beat Monster Tech 3 team-mate Pol Espargaro by 1.5s. Pol's brother Aleix was one place but 20 further seconds behind for Suzuki.

Team-mate and star rookie Maverick Vinales saw his perfect run of MotoGP points finishes end with a lowside fall, shortly after LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow had suffered a similar fate.

After hot and dry weather throughout practice and qualifying, overnight rain was followed by slightly cooler conditions on Sunday, when 138,000 fans watched the race trackside.

Riders will now remain at Brno to take part a Michelin tyre test on Monday.

Czech MotoGP:1.Jorge Lorenzo2.Marc Marquez3.Valentino Rossi4.Andrea Iannone5.Dani Pedrosa6.Andrea Dovizioso7.Bradley Smith8.Pol Espargaro9.Aleix Espargaro10.Danilo Petrucci11.Yonny Hernandez12.Scott Redding13.Alvaro Bautista14.Stefan Bradl15.Loris Baz16.Hector Barbera17.Nicky Hayden18.Mike Di Meglio19.Jack Miller20.Claudio Corti21.Karel Abraham
Maverick Vi?ales
Cal Crutchlow
Eugene Laverty
Alex De Angelis

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